Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes

Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes

Analyze inspiring quotes to practice critical thinking.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes

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Quote analysis can be used to inspire and develop critical thinking skills in students. Encourage them to think critically to make connections and analyze these quotes spoken by Martin Luther King Jr.


Students should respond to what they think the quote means and make a connection. They may choose to make a connection with a character from another text they’ve read or respond to how they themselves relate to what the quote says. Finally, students can choose to connect to what they see happening in the world, providing real-world examples. Examples should be provided to support their analysis.

Common core standards


Learning Objective

Students will be able to explain, analyze, and evaluate various quotes by Martin Luther King Jr.

Teaching tips

Student responses to these quotes can be used as journal topics or other writing prompts. Alternatively, quotes can be used as topics for discussion or to display at the start of the day. Each quote is also presented individually for this purpose.

Be sure to guide students to determine the meaning of unknown words and figurative language as they interpret the quotes. You may also take the time to discuss the significance of Martin Luther King Jr. and his message of racial inequality.

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